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Album Review

Alex Pinto & All India Permit: All India Permit

Read "All India Permit" reviewed by Dave Wayne


The recipient of a Fulbright / Nehru Scholarship, guitarist and composer Alex Pinto chose to study and teach for a year at the Swarnabhoomi Academy of Music (SAM) in Tamil Nadu, India. The Seattle native quickly made his way into the burgeoning Indian jazz scene, gathering New Delhi-based drummer Tarun Balani and bassist Abhinav Khokhar to form a potent and limber trio. Their new EP, titled All India Permit fuses jazz-based rhythmic aesthetics with compositional concepts derived from Carnatic music. ...

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Album Review

Rocket: Tipp-Topp

Read "Tipp-Topp" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay


Rocket--led by writer and keyboardist Emanuel Ruffler--refers to the music on its debut, Tipp-Topp, as Disco Jazz. Lest such a description have too many people running for the hills to escape visions of big hair and bigger flares, it needs stating up front that the epithet fits in a good way. Disco was about having fun, creating danceable grooves that would fill a dance floor time and time again. That's what Rocket does with pretty much everything on this album. ...

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Album Review

Carlos Abadie Quintet: Immersed In The Quest, Vol. 1

Read "Immersed In The Quest, Vol. 1" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


Jersey City native Carlos Abadie has been a mainstay on the New York City jazz circuit for almost two decades. The trumpeter and composer has been a member of pianist Jason Lindner's big band and has worked with bassist Omer Avital and saxophonists Illinois Jacquet and Mark Turner. His debut as a leader, Immersed In The Quest, Vol. 1, is a straight-ahead collection of seven covers from the bebop/hard bop era, along with one original from the leader and one ...

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Album Review

The Carlos Abadie Quintet: Immersed in the Quest, Vol. 1

Read "Immersed in the Quest, Vol. 1" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza


It would be a misnomer to call the Carlos Abadie Quintet a new band; after all, the group has been around for a decade. But it is one of those anomalies of fate that it is not better known. It should, and the reasons are manifested on Immersed in the Quest, Vol. 1, which carries a couple of originals and several standards to a highly satisfying listening experience. The years have honed quintet's approach, done with a great deal of ...

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Album Review

Alex Pinto Quartet: Inner State

Read "Inner State" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


Indo-American forms of jazz have become more common over the years, but plenty of people who work in this arena have little personal connection to this hybrid form of music. Guitarist Alex Pinto is an exception. Pinto's paternal lineage leads to Karnataka, in southwestern India, and his worldly upbringing contributes to his unique sound. While the guitarist was born in the Washington, D.C. area, he spent part of his childhood in Poland and Russia, where his father was posted by ...

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Album Review

Emanuel Ruffler: Nightflight

Read "Nightflight" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay


Emanuel Ruffler keeps extremely talented company on Nightflight, the first album as leader for this German-born pianist who is now based in New York. The 11 self-penned tunes are characterized by an apparent simplicity and a propulsive rhythm, creating an immediately appealing recording. Despite his role as leader and composer Ruffler is a relatively low key presence on the album. His piano playing has style but he is well aware of the talents of his band members ...


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